KC St. Patrick’s Day Parades, Events & Activities: St Paddy’s Fun

Kansas City is the perfect place to celebrate St Patrick’s Day with kids.

There are tons of St. Patrick’s parades, events, & other activities to get in the Irish spirit!

So, get out there and make family memories of your own; they’ll probably give you a good laugh later.

St. Patrick's Day Parades, Events & Things to Do

Did you know The Kansas City St. Paddy’s Day Parade is one of the largest in the country? From St. Patrick’s Day parades to family fun runs, KC is a wonderful place to be this time of year.

St. Patrick’s parades are fun for the whole family. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy dressing in green? (Or pinching those who don’t..)

St. Patrick’s Day Events, Parades, & Fun in KC

Check out our guide of St. Patrick’s Day parades, events & other fun in Kansas City! …we’ve found tons of fun to partake in.

So, sit back, relax, & enjoy your pint of beer – or watch your husband chug his.

St. Patrick’s Day Parades  |  St. Patrick’s Weekend Races  |  Fun St. Paddy’s Day Events  |  Things to do ON St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Cupcakes Workshop

March 12th, 13th & 20th 2021

Come learn how to make rainbow cupcakes with colors in the cake at Taste Bud’s Kitchen

Children & parents cook together in this fun cooking class! $30 per child & caregiver pair. Check out their other cooking classes too! 

Sky Zone St. Patrick’s Day GLOW Bash 

Saturday, March 13th 2021 from 8 pm to Midnight

Dress up in all Green to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with Sky Zone….both locations will host GLOW night, so head to your nearest location!

It’s only $26.99 for kids to jump for 2 hours AND get a green GLOW shirt. Sky socks sold separately. 

Find more event details for both: Sky Zone Kansas City & Sky Zone Lees Summit

Harvester’s Go for the Green Food Drive

Donate before March 17th

You can register your business or school for a food drive before March 17th and Harvester’s will supply bins for food donations. Plus, they will pick up the donations once your food drive ends. 

Whoever collects the most donations will receive a trophy and a free entry into the next Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Little Shamrock’s Run (Kid’s Race)

Saturday, March 14th 2021 at 11:00 am

This is part of the 41st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Run with Kansas City Running Club.

But…this fun race is, just for kids!

The St. Patrick’s Day Run will happen at about 11:15 am, at the conclusion of the adult run. 

42nd Annual Westport St. Patrick’s Day Run

Saturday, March 14th 2021 at 10:00 am

This run is a Kansas City tradition – 41 years running.

Dress up in your best all-green outfit and run 4 miles through Westport!

Leavenworth Irish Parade

March 17th 2021 at 1:00 pm

Head to downtown Leavenworth to celebrate like the Irish at their 36th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade

REVERSE PARADE – Click for info.

Come enjoy all the St. Paddy’s Day fun in KC with your kiddos & explore downtown Lawrence.

It’s sure to be a fun time!

Visit Browne’s Irish Market

Get all your St. Patrick’s Day clothing at one of the oldest markets in the US!

St. Patrick’s Weekend Parades (MOST CANCELLED)

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a parade full of green fun!

Annual Snake Saturday Parade & Festival

Moved to October

Come watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in North Kansas City.

The Snake Saturday Festival will be filled with other fun St. Paddy’s events too!

Parking recommendations are: 

  • lot/street north of Armour Road
  • lot/street south of 18th Avenue & East of Erie Street
  • lot/street west of Clay Street

Emerald Isle Parade in Lee’s Summit


Llywleyn’s Pub is sponsoring the St. Patrick’s Day Emerald Isle Parade  with fun floats, Irish dancers, music, & more.

Dress up in your favorite green outfit to come celebrate St. Paddy’s Day in Downtown Lee’s Summit!

There will also be a pub crawl in downtown LS at 1 pm & a coin hunt for children (8 & younger) at Howard Station Park at 11:30 am. 

40th Annual Brookside St. Patrick’s Day Warm Up Parade


This year’s parade theme is A Little Bit O’ Blarney. Bring your family out before St. Patrick’s Day to celebrate at this family-friendly event!

Over 100 organizations/floats from across KC will enter the parade this year, so you don’t want to miss this. There will be marchers, dancers, & vehicles decorated with their finest green! 

Check out wagons, bikes, classic cars, bands, drill teams, Irish dancer, mounted patrol, music, & other festivities during the event. 

36th Annual Shawnee St. Patrick’s Day Parade


The St. Patrick’s Day parade has a theme – “Follow the Green Irish Road”

The parade will start on Johnson Drive & Monrovia, then marches down Johnson Drive towards Nieman Rd. so, dress up in your green & head out! 

Martin City St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Postponed until Safe

Martin City’s parade theme pulls inspiration from Martin City’s entrepreneurial spirit! 

There will be over 60 groups participating in the parade – dance teams, businesses, car clubs, & other fun floats. 

There are NO entry fees if your group would like to participate! Plus, there are cash prizes for the top 3 groups. 

St. Patrick’s Weekend Races

If running is your thing, check out these St. Patrick’s Day weekend activities. 

Shamrock and Shenanigans Virtual 5K

March 1st to 31st 2020

You can participate in a virtual 5K – You choose the course and then report the time!

Choose Independence 5K (KC Metro) or Jefferson City if you are in a more rural area. The location doesn’t matter as much since it is done individually.

St Patrick’s Day Events CANCELLED

Find fun St. Patrick’s Day events around town! There are things to do for St. Patrick’s Day all weekend long. 

Kansas City Zoo Fun


Grab a picture with a leprechaun on Saturday & Sunday at the KC Zoo!

Animals will enjoy St. Patrick’s Day toys/enrichment items throughout the weekend, so come visit. 

O’Riada-Manning Academy of Irish Dance will perform Saturday at 10:30 am. Then, the St. Patrick’s Day parade is Sunday at 1:00 – watch llamas, goats, & many other animals parade around the Zoo!

Weston Shamrock Hunt


Hunt for shamrocks & 3 pots of gold in downtown Weston, MO! If you find the pot of gold – you get a $25 prize.

They will be hiding in different shops around downtown, so start hunting!

St. Patrick’s Day Concert: Raytown Community Band


Enjoy live music from the Raytown community band to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day! This event is free to the public, but you have to RSVP online

Family Fun on St. Patrick’s Day:

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with kids at these fun St. Paddy’s Day events around town. Don’t forget to wear green!

KC Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade


This year’s parade theme is Shamrocks & Shenanigans. Head downtown to watch the parade on Broadway between Linwood & 43rd Street.

Don’t miss this classic KC tradition in Midtown & Westport – it’s always a highlight for us! 

Belton St. Patrick’s Day Parade


The celebration starts at 2:00 pm on Main Street in downtown Belton!

The parade starts at 5:00 pm, so be sure to get there early. 

Not Verified for 2021:

Toddler Time at Sky Zone

Both Sky Zone locations will hold toddler time on St. Paddy’s Day, each with a different theme. 

Meet Chase & Marshall at Sky Zone Lee’s Summit, or Shimmer & Shine at Sky Zone Kansas City!

This is a special bounce time, just for little ones! You can safely play with your small kiddos AND meet characters they know and love. 

Paint St. Patrick’s Day Rocks at MCPL

Make your own Blarney stone to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year!

This St. Paddy’s week craft event will take place at the Blue Springs North Programming Space.

How to Catch a Leprechaun

Learn how to catch a leprechaun at the Blue Springs South branch! Come play leprechaun games, make leprechaun traps & have fun with your children. 

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by finding a pot of gold at the library. There will also be storytime, where you will read “How to Catch A Leprechaun” by Adam Wallace.

Be sure you sign-up for The Scoop, so you don’t miss any of the things to do around town. You’ll get our Weekend Planner sent to you each week with things to do that weekend in Kansas City. You’ll also get to attend exclusive kids events & movies!

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